If your valentine loves tech, they will surely enjoy one of these tech gifts. We have curated 18 tech gadgets that will satisfy guys and gals with a wide spectrum of interest in tech. These gifts go from under $100 to over $500, there's bound to be something for your valentine.
Amazon Echo Dot 2
The Amazon Echo Dot is a small voice-controlled personal assistant device that can control your lights, play music, check the weather, order meals and more. Just wake it up by saying 'Alexa' and start asking questions and sending commands.
We tested the 2nd generation Echo Dot 2, and found that it's just as powerful as the regular Amazon Echo. The only difference is that the regular Echo has built in bluetooth speakers while the Echo Dot has a small, fairly-weak speaker. However it can connect to other speakers via bluetooth or audio jack. We connected our Echo Dot to a bluetooth speaker and it works just like the regular Echo. So if you already have a bluetooth speaker, we highly recommend getting the Echo Dot over the Echo for a fraction of the cost.
- $49.99 atAmazon
Automatic Pro Car Adapter
With so many household products becoming connected, why shouldn't your car be as well? The Automatic Pro Card Adapter is a car adapter that connects to just about any car's diagnostic port (OBD-II) under the dash and unlocks any data from the car's onboard computer. It works on just about any car released after 1996.
Once connected, it'll automatically sync data with your phone. You can use the app to log your trips, understand engine light diagnostics, set up to monitor crashes (alerting your family and emergency responders when accidents occur), and best of all, locate your car in a parking lot. It can even integrate with services like IFTTT to do things like automatically turn on your Hue lights when you get home or set your Nest thermostat as you drive away.
- $69.99 atAmazon
Logitech MX Master
For those that work in front of a computer all day, this mouse feels like a dream. The Logitech MX Master, a true successor to the MX Performance is a personal favorite of mine. It's beautifully crafted and provides provides a fantastic experience for anyone that wants to get more done, more efficiently.
The MX Master mouse connects wirelessly via bluetooth or usb dongle. It's able to connect to 3 devices and you can easily toggle between the devices with a switch button on the bottom of the mouse. It has an amazing ergonomic design that feels great even after long uses. One of the best features has to be unique smart speed-adaptive scroll wheel. As you scroll, just flick the scroll wheel quickly and it goes into this infinity scrolling mode as it flies through long documents. Once you try this feature, there's no going back. There are many other surprises with this mouse. This is hands-down, the best mouse you can buy right now.
- $64.99 atAmazon
Philips Hue Go Light
The Philips Hue Go Light is a wireless smart light that you can control using your phone. You can experience millions of colors which is perfect for mood lighting during dinner or when watching a movie. It's built-in battery lasts 3 hours and at 300 lumen output, it works great on a nightstand for reading.
It also has the ability to connect to your home WIFI and works great with Amazon Echo and other services like IFTTT. Personally, I love finding creative ways to use my Hue go, such as setting it to change color when I miss a call, or when my favorite teams score, and waking up gently soft glowing light. Even though it seems like a simple portable lamp, there are so many ways you can play with it.
- $69.73 atAmazon
If you haven't heard of the Kindle by now, where have you been all this time?? The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is by far the best e-reader available on the market, making it a no-brainer for any book lovers. Unlike its premium brother, the Kindle Oasis, the Kindle Paperwhite has all the major bells and whistles at less than half the price. ($290 for Oasis vs. $120 for Paperwhite)
The latest generation (2016 model) of the Paperwhite has a display resolution of 300 ppi, about the same sharpness as an iPhone 7. This means that it looks just as sharp as laser-printed text on paper. Text on the screen are clear even when it's small, which is great for books with charts and illustrations and works much better for PDFs compared to the 2013 version. You can buy books from the Amazon book store and it'll automatically appear on your Kindle, or load ebooks and PDFs via USB. If you have an 2013 version of Paperwhite or a regular Kindle, the 2016 Paperwhite is a welcomed upgrade. The little improvements like the high resolution display makes a huge difference on the eyes.
- $119.99 atAmazon
Fitbit Charge 2
I recently was inspired to get the Fitbit Charge 2 by my athletic friends who have resting heartbeats in the 40's, while my resting heartbeat is around 70. After 2 weeks of wearing it, I noticed small but impactful changes in my daily routine. For starters, I try to walk more to increase pedometer reading, they have this sociaAmazonl competition feature where you compete with your friends on who walked the most. I often find myself taking the long way to get to places just to increase my steps.
When I started running with the Fitbit, I kept track of my heart rate and of course it shot up to 160 right away since I'm so out of shape. However, after a few days of consecutive running, I noticed that my heart doesn't work as hard anymore and my resting heartbeat has dropped from 71 to 69 (Woooo!!) Small victory, but I can see how these small changes can lead to huge health benefits in the future. If you want to give the gift of health, there's no better gadget for the price.
- $129.88 atAmazon
The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated personal assistant that can help you set timers, check what movies are playing, play your music from Spotify and more. Just say 'Alexa' (or "Amazon" or "Echo") followed by your command and the Echo responds instantly. The microphone on the Echo is fantastic, you can practically whisper to her. It has a built-in speaker that can fill a room with sound.
After using the echo for a few weeks, I must say that it's pretty convenient to tell it to play music while cooking, add items to my grocery list, or just look up random facts to settle an argument. Since the original launch, the Echo has continued to get smarter. With Echo "Skills" (which are essentially like Apps for Echo), there are hundreds of new tricks you can teach her such as getting restaurant review through Yelp, calling an Uber, tuning a guitar, and even controlling your lights and garage doors. Amazon Echo is the best personal assistant device you can buy today and it's the closest thing to Jarvis from Ironman.
- $179.99 atAmazon
Anova Sous Vide
Get ready to cook the best steaks of your life! The Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker is a lightweight sous video cooker that connects to your phone and cooks the perfect meal with the touch of a button. If you're not familiar with Sous Vide, its the a cooking technique where you seal your food in a plastic bag, submerge it in water and let it slow-cook in low and consistent temperature until it's tender and delicious.
I've recently enjoyed a steak cooked by my friend using the Anova Sous Vide cooker. All he did was marinate the steak with salt and pepper, seal them in freezer-safe Ziplock bags, put them in a big pot of water and stick the Anova cooker in it. The Anova cooker has a clamp that can clamp to the side of the pot. After cooking them for about 2 hours using the Sous Vide (while we played some basketball), he took them out, gave the steaks a quick sear and the result.... the most amazing steaks I've ever had! The tenderness is consistent across the entire steak, something you'll never achieve by frying them on a pan (the outside cooks more than the inside). As I'm eating this delicious, glorious steak, it suddenly dawned on me: the concept of how rare you want to cook the steak (i.e. medium-rare) is almost irrelevant for sous vide cooked steaks. You can cook a steak to well-done using a sous vide and still have it more tender than a rare steak cooked traditionally. I bought one immediately when I got home.
- $146 atAmazon
The Apple AirPods are small wireless earphones pairs via bluetooth to most Apple devices. It supports iPhone, iPad, and iPods running iOS 10 or later, Apple Watch running watchOS 3 or later, and Macs running macOS Sierra or later.
These may seem like simple bluetooth earphones, but the technology behind it, is surprisingly advanced, making the experience somewhat 'magical'. The AirPods comes in a charging case that pairs instantly as you open the case. When you put them on, you can tap on the side of the AirPods to control music and access Siri. When you take them off, it pauses the music, and resumes when you put them back on. Many people might not know this, but the AirPods work independently of each other. If you lose one of them, technically you can get another one and it'll pair together. At $160, the price is quite steep for such a simple product, but the great build quality and user experience is un-disputable.
- $159.99 atApple
DJI Mavic Pro
The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that has a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal. With a pocket-sized controller, it's one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever
The DJI Mavic Pro drone can has a range of 4.3 miles (7km) and can fly at a speed of 22mph (36kph) while avoiding obstacles. It's able to fly up to 27 minutes in each flight session and feels extremely responsive using the controller.
- $999 atAmazon
GoPro Hero 5
The GoPro Hero 5 is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever. It shoots 4K video, has a fully water-proof design and can be controlled using voice a simple single button.
- $399 atAmazon
Google Pixel Smartphone
The Google Pixel is the first Android Smartphone created by Google. If you're looking to get an Android phone, this is the perfect marriage of Google's software and hardware.
Available in 5" or 5.5" display, the Pixel runs on Android 7.1 and it loaded with features like Google Assistant, unlimited online storage and video calling between Android and iPhones using it's amazing camera.
- $649 atGoogle
UE Boom 2
With so many bluetooth speakers available, what stand the UE Boom 2 apart is the attentive to detail to the design and user experience.
Down to the details of the packaging, the UE Boom 2 will delight you with small details like the playful sounds it makes when pairing or powering up. Although it's small, it has an impressive bass and a clear, rich sound.
- $99.99 atAmazon
Nintendo NES Classic
Get ready to feel nostalgic! The NES Classic console has the same look and feel, only smaller and pre-loaded with 30 games. The pre-installed games are upscaled to HD quality and includes: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, PAC-MAN, Dr. Mario, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and dozens more
- $134.95 atAmazon
Plantronics Backbeat Sense Bluetooth Headphone
The Plantronics Backbeat Sense is a great pair of lightweight, on-ear, bluetooth headphones that packs a bang-for-your-buck. They sound great and includes features that you'd be surprised to find for this price such as automatically pause your music when you take your headphone off, and a button to pause your music and magnify the sounds around you when you need to hear your surroundings.
- $139.97 atAmazon
The Playstation VR is a VR gaming headset that has an expansive 5.7” OLED 1080p display running at up to 120 frames per second. With 3D audio technology, you feel like you're immersed in the game environment.
- $501.68 atAmazon
The Snapchat Spectacles is a pair of sunglasses with a small camera that takes 10-second videos with a push of a button which are synced to your phone. It's surprisingly fun to share videos taken from your point of view and to relive them. You can get a pair of these from Snapchat's store in New York or on Ebay.
- $180 atEbay